Harmonica Lessons


Harmonica Lesson: Born In Chicago (Paul Butterfield)

By Liam Ward ~ Born in Chicago is one of the late great Paul Butterfield’s most celebrated solos, and has lots of powerful features to get your teeth into with bends, double stops and glissando among them. The solo is typical of Butterfield’s punchy, aggressive style and has a fine balance of flashy lines and tasteful space. Born in [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Lollipop Mama (William Clarke)

By Liam Ward ~ Lollipop Mama is one of William Clarke’s most popular songs: a mile-a-minute blues swing with a load of awesome techniques thrown in, which for us means lots to study and enjoy. I was amazed by how much he packs into the explosive opening solo, which clocks at a mere 15 seconds. Great players like William [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)

By Liam Ward ~ Original 1955 version Tabbed for diatonic harmonica by Liam Ward Song key: G (C harp in 2nd position) ‘I Wish You Would’ is Billy Boy Arnold’s defining song: wailing harp and gruff vocals set to a driving Bo Diddley-style boogie beat. The tab I’ve provided covers the whole song, including three super-catchy licks, which you [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Despacito Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here’s the hot Puerto Rican hit Despacito played on the harmonica for you, with tabs so you can play along too. I used multiple harmonica parts to make it sound richer, played the chugging technique for the rap part and fooled around with the effects a little bit 🙂 Tabs and the original song are [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Tutorial: Help Me by Sonny Boy Williamson

By Alex Paclin ~ Tab and lesson notes below the video! Help Me: Classic blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, very minor sounding and very groovy. Simply there’s a bass riff 1 b3 4 over I IV and V chords, which makes it sound so bluesy. This song has a lot of texture, dynamics and strong note attacks. It has [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Arabic Music on the Blues Harmonica

By Brendan Power ~ This video shows you some exotic sounds that are lurking in your plain old bog standard 10 hole Richter harp. So far maybe you’ve been playing some Blues and stuff, but if you can bend notes then a whole world of other tonalities awaits. It’s a lot easier than you think to come up with [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn Bye Bye Bird (Sonny Boy Williamson)

By Alex Paclin ~ Bye Bye Bird is played on a Low D harmonica (an octave lower than the regular D). I chose the low version because it has a more authentic vibe to me and used the Marine Band 364 for it, but you can use any low harmonica you want of course. (You can find the tab [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Blues Harp Shuffle (Big Walter Horton)

By Alex Paclin ~ Big Walter’s Shuffle is one of my favorites. Memorable licks, notes played using the rolled R, fast tremolo effect, all of these and more define Big Walter’s style. (Tab and lesson details below the video. If you’re struggling with bends check out JP Allen’s How to Bend Notes page to get the basics down first.) [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Tutorial: Mellow Down Easy by Little Walter

By Alex Paclin ~ Hi everybody! In this tutorial I made a big accent on the sound and the nuances Little Walter uses. Here we go through the intro which is a repeated pattern and the solo. The tabs for it are down below. Here’s the tabs for Mellow Down Easy, how it is on the record. In another [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band – Hoo Doo Man Blues

By Michael Rubin ~ Here’s your chance to learn, listen or jam along with the songs from Hoo Doo Man Blues by Junior Wells. I’ve included which key harmonicas you’ll need below the videos. (Note: apologies if these videos don’t play in your country, that’s out of our control. If you’re in the US you should be able to [&hellip... Continue Reading »